The members of TAG/The Artists Gallery in downtown Frederick decided they wanted fun, personal and a side of whimsical for their summer show this year.
They are hoping that “The Studio Scrub” will be just that.
Artist Marie Riccio said the idea of the show, which opens Saturday, is to be a “cleanup” of the artists’ studios, showcasing pieces they have either never been shown publicly or at that particular venue.
Both Riccio and artist Cathy Wilkin said the idea came from monthly brainstorming meetings where they were looking for ways to do something a little different during the “dead of summer.”
“We wanted it to be kind of fun and playful,” Riccio, a Rockville resident, said.
The work showcased in the Studio Scrub will include highly personal pieces, transition pieces that were never shown before, series samples and work that was shown at other venues.
As an added bonus, attendees will be able to touch the art.
Each of the 20 artists provided one or two boxes of their work which the public is welcome to go through. All pieces will be for sale with prices ranging from $9.99 to $999.99.
“We wanted people to realize that we have work that can be at everyone’s price point,” Riccio said. “For this particular show, you can buy it right out of the box and take it with you.”
Riccio personally is a painter and does mostly landscapes and still life work, with some figure drawing. She’ll be showcasing landscape paintings including a Frederick County winery, a canal in Montgomery County and some summertime scenes from the Eastern Shore. She’ll also be selling some smaller still life paintings.
Wilkin, a collage artist and painter, will be taking the boxes of artwork and creating an evolving sculpture to display them. There will also be easels and wall space so attendees can view the art from the boxes at eye level.
There will be a wide variety of styles showcased including photos, abstract work, figure drawings and sculptures, Riccio said. She credited Wilkin with having notedly whimsical pieces that feel perfect for summer.
“Sometimes you feel like you’re in a bubblegum machine,” Riccio said.
The show will run from July 5 through 28. It will be open from noon to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
They are also hosting an opening and closing reception. The first of the two is from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, featuring live music, sweet treats and penny candy “in the spirit of summertime,” Riccio said. The closing reception will be a “meet the artists” event from 3 to 5 p.m., July 28.